US man jailed in N. Korea phones home
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 30, 2010 AFP - An
American jailed in North Korea was allowed Friday to call home for
the first time since being sentenced to eight years’ hard labor, as
the United States urged his release.Thaleia Schlesinger, a
spokeswoman for Aijalon Mahli Gomes’ family in his hometown of
Boston, told AFP that Gomes spoke with his mother.“Yes, she did
receive a phone call from her son in North Korea. She was really
quite surprised and relieved,” Schlesinger said.
Thai protesters criticise hospital evacuation
BANGKOK, May 1, 2010 AFP - Leaders of Thailand’s
“Red Shirt” protests slammed management at a Bangkok hospital
Saturday, saying its chaotic evacuation of patients was a ploy to
make the anti-government group look bad.
Bangladeshi garment workers protest over wages
DHAKA, April 30, 2010 AFP - More than 10,000
Bangladeshi garment workers attacked factories with stones and
blocked streets Friday in the capital Dhaka to demand higher minimum
wages, police said.